Crystal luster at Lobmeyr’s

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Vienna 2023: Anniversaries, exhibitions, and exciting activities

The Jewish Museum Vienna (JMW) is marking the 150th anniversary of the Vienna World’s Fair and will focus on one aspect in particular: the museum has created a kind of “shop window” looking onto Dorotheergasse with a display space that offers a public museum experience to passers-by. This display area commemorates the Israelite Institute for the Blind on the Hohe Warte. This Institute for the Blind organised the first Pan-European Conference of Teachers of the Blind as part of the World’s Fair. The conference focussed on education, employment and integration of blind people. It was a pioneering achievement in the field of inclusion and cooperation. The Israelite Institute for the Blind subsequently became a pioneer in the inclusion of visually impaired people in Austria-Hungary and viewed its work as a major step forward in the social integration of both blind people and Jews.

View of the display window at the Jewish Museum commemorating the Israelite Institute for the Blind
© Stefan Fuhrer

Weltmuseum Wien: Austro-Japanese friendship

The Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna) is also in the spirit of the World’s Fair: here you will find two halls featuring a special focus on the World’s Fair. They are dedicated to the opening of Japan and the “Orient” to Europe – because the Vienna World's Fair was a premier at which Japan, along with Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, the Ottoman Empire and Persia presented themselves in depth to the world for the very first time. From January to December 2023, every Saturday at 11.00 am, there is a guided tour (alternating between German and English) entitled "The 1873 Vienna World's Fair and Art Nouveau". Visitors to the museum also get a free booklet containing information on the 1873 Vienna World's Fair as well as on the objects of the Weltmuseum Wien, which could be seen at the World's Fair at the time or found their way into the collections afterwards. You can find full details on the special program here. Holders of the Vienna City Card get a €4 discount on the admission price to the Weltmuseum Wien from January to December 2023. You can find full details on the offering here.

Welt Museum Wien Hall of Columns
© KHM-Museumsverband 2022

Wien Museum: Major re-opening

A major re-opening is on the program in December 2023: The Wien Museum is opening its doors again after several years of remodeling and expansion, and will become an important place of encounter on Karlsplatz. The present-day collection of the Wien Museum was initiated in advance of the Vienna World's Fair.

Dining and crystal clear water

There will also be much to celebrate for Viennese gastronomy in 2023: Café Landtmann, one of Vienna's best-known coffee houses, opened in 1873 and continues to welcome visitors from around the world. For the Imperial and Royal Court Confectioner Gerstner, 1873 was also a big year: The company provided the catering in the Emperor's Pavilion at the Vienna World's Fair and receive the coveted title of Imperial and Royal Court Purveyor.

Coffeehouse
© Nuriel Molcho

Inseparably linked with Viennese hospitality is the fantastic Viennese high spring water, which has flowed down from the Alps to Vienna since 1873 and will be celebrated in grand style in 2023: Firstly, on June 16, when the Vienna Water Festival is held at the historic Favoriten water tower. Secondly, on October 24, 2023, the opening day of the high spring pipeline, when the new anniversary fountain will be unveiled. The fountain is being designed by Gelatin, an internationally renowned group of Austrian artists. In a special place: The anniversary fountain will be installed in the Sonnwendviertel, one of the most important and spectacular urban development projects in Vienna of the 3rd millennium.

Vienna's water tower Favoriten
© Wiener Wasser / Spacecam und Wiener Wasser / Daniel Novotny

Luxury shopping à la 1873

In 2023, Vienna will also be about exquisite shopping in the form of famous Viennese handicrafts. Thus the elegant store of J. & L. Lobmeyr on Kärntner Strasse is directly connected to the World's Fair. Lobmeyr was part of many World's Fairs and also celebrated huge success in Vienna in 1873. For this reason, a small show on the second floor of the business is dedicated to the topic of Lobmeyr at World's Fairs from April to July 2023. It spans an arc from the 1862 London World's Fair via Vienna in 1873, Cologne in 1914, and Paris in 1925 to the "Passionswege" of Vienna Design Week of more recent times. At the same time, Lobmeyr is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a company in 2023. From September to December 2023, an exhibition will therefore run under the motto "Design". Themes are design processes, Lobmeyr's understanding of materials, and the icons that were created at Lobmeyr in the last 200 years.

The jewelers A. E. Köchert Juweliere, who were also part of the World's Fair and relocated to the present location on Neuer Markt in 1873, continue to offer worlds of luxury like in those days. Just like the bespoke shoemaker Scheer and the silversmiths Jarosinski & Vaugoin, as well as Bösendorfer pianos, all of which exhibited at the World's Fair and still offer their special products in Vienna today.

Crystal luster at Lobmeyr’s
© WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud

Meeting destination Vienna and the soy bean

And Meeting Destination Vienna is also in the spirit of the World's Fair and its impact on the world: Such as in the form of the World Soybean Research Conference, which will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) from June 18, 2023. Because the Vienna World's Fair spurred on the spread of the soybean around the world. At the time, the special plant was brought to Vienna by the Japanese World's Fair delegation.

To go with this, there is a focus in 2023 on the topic of the soybean at the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, which is located in the stately Schönborn Garden Palace. Because the pioneering Viennese agrarian Friedrich Haberlandt started the first soy cultivation trials in Europe in the garden of the present-day museum, which was a site of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in the 19th century. He discovered the plant during the 1873 Vienna World's Fair. In the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, you'll learn lots of interesting facts about the soy plant on an audio tour of the historic show collection. And from June 13 to December 23, 2023, there will be a small, publicly accessible exhibition on the World's Fair and the soy bean in the museum's arcade. If you'd like to know even more about the topic then visit the museum's website, which has its own online soy exhibition.

MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Stubenring 5
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -20%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price: 15€ /
      additionally 5% off at MAK Design Shop

  • Prices

    • Free admission for young people under 19 years of age
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 21:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Open on public holidays (also on Mondays)

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance

      • Ramp, with a wheelchair-accessible elevator to the ticket office
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      All facilities suitable for wheelchair users, elevator to the exhibition rooms.

Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna)

Hofburg, Heldenplatz
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -6%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price: 16€

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors)
        accessible by platform lift.
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • Door 92 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired provided upon request.

    • Comments

      Automatic gate (width: 130 cm) operated with "Euro-Key". Elevator to the special exhibition areas on the first floor as well as to the exhibition areas on the mezzanine.
      The event area is also wheelchair-accessible on request and accompanied by a staff member (contact via intercom at the entrance to the WMW-Forum and at the ticket counter).
      Both the cook café & bistro and the shopping are in the hall of columns can be accessed without steps by means of an elevator.
      Wheelchair-accessible restroom on the upper first floor and mezzanine.

Café Landtmann

Universitätsring 4
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -20%

      Additional information on the offer:

      20% discount on consumption per cardholder (food and drinks), redeemable once only

  • Opening times

    • Mo - Su, 07:30 - 22:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors120 cm wide)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.

Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker Shop · Bar · Café-Restaurant

Kärntner Straße 51
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Shop daily, 08:00 - 22:00
    • Café-Bar 1. Stock / First Floor Mo - Sa, 11:30 - 22:00
    • Café-Bar 1. Stock / First Floor Su, 08:00 - 22:00
    • Café-Restaurant 2. Stock / 2nd Floor Mo - Sa, 08:00 - 20:00
    • Café-Restaurant 2. Stock / 2nd Floor Su, 11:00 - 20:00

Water Tower in Favoriten

Windtenstrasse 3
1100 Vienna

J. & L. Lobmeyr

Kärntner Straße 26
1010 Vienna

A.E. Köchert

Neuer Markt 15
1010 Vienna

Jarosinski & Vaugoin

Zieglergasse 24
1070 Vienna

Scheer

Bräunerstraße 4
1010 Vienna

Bösendorfer Salon

Bösendorferstraße 12/Canovagasse 4
1010 Vienna

Austria Center Vienna

Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
1220 Vienna

Jewish Museum Vienna (Jüdisches Museum Wien) Palais Eskeles

Dorotheergasse 11
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -13%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price: 15€ / Available on site and at ticket.viennacitycard.at

  • Prices

    • Tickets offer admission to the Judenplatz Museum and Jewish Museum on Dorotheergasse
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors162 cm wide)
    • Elevator available
      • Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for visitors with special needs on request.
 Discounted admission for people with disabilities 10 Euro (1 companion free) and people with social pass/mobility pass (photographic ID required).

Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art (Volkskundemuseum Wien)

Laudongasse 15-19
1080 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -25%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price: 8€

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 17:00
    • Currently not open for exhibitions.

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors180 cm wide)
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Special tours for visually impaired visitors.

    • Comments

      Access to permanent exhibition area and café: no steps, freight elevator to special exhibition rooms (assistance necessary).

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